intermediate user



So you are here because you have some comfort with PowerPoint, TrialPad for iPad, StagePro, and a mapping technology, either Google Earth or Apple Maps.  All of these are discussed in the Beginner section.

Go wireless

So let's take a few more steps forward in our mastery of visual presentation technology.  If you are comfortable with your iPad, then we need to move you from being tethered to your projector with a dongle and HDMI cord to being wireless.  That requires two additional pieces of hardware and a few steps to get it set up. All of this is covered in a step-by-step fashion in the WIRELESS section of this site, which you can access directly by clicking on that word in this sentence.  Or go to the main navigation bar at the top of this page.

There is a sense of command and control that you convey to your audience when you are untethered and working wirelessly.  So once you have completed your set up, and your iPad is now mirrored to your projector, try using TrialPad in this form.  I like to bring my iPad with me right up to the bar when examining a witness with TrialPad up and running.  This allows you to pull up any exhibit that you might want to use in an examination, go through the foundation process of getting the document admitted, and then "present" the document to the jury.  Create callouts and highlights on the fly.

In trialpad, track your exhibits as "admitted."

Another key feature of TrialPad, especially useful in trial, is the simplicity of keeping track of when exhibits are admitted into evidence.  Follow these steps:


Select the exhibit(s)

Touch "Select", which then creates the screen to the left.  Touch the radio button to select the exhibit or exhibits that you want to mark as admitted. 

Select "Edit"

When you touch the "Edit" button in the lower left corner of the control panel, it brings up the menu list shown in the image displayed.  Select Mark "Admitted" from the list of options.

Select "Continue"

There is one more step.  The dialog box depicted to the left will pop up, giving you one last chance to confirm that you want to mark the document as admitted.  Selecting "Continue" concludes the steps, and the word "Admitted" will appear in green next to the exhibit.  You can follow these same steps to rename an exhibit, unmark it "Admitted", assign an exhibit sticker to it, etc.  If you keep track of your "admitted" exhibits, you will always know if it is appropriate to publish the image to the jury.

Discover the various uses of screen captures taken in trialpad

TrialPad allows you to create highlights and callouts of key information on a document.  Remember that pushing the home button on the iPad simultaneously with the power button, depicted below, takes a picture--a "screen capture"--of what is displayed, and puts it in your "Photos."  Now go into your photos, edit it to the shape you want, and you are left with a document that you can use in other apps and programs, such as Timeline 3D and PowerPoint.  You can also have these images blown up and mounted on foam core for convenient use in your presentation.  So stop here, and take the time to master the simple process of creating a document with callouts/highlights, capturing it, and editing it in Photos.  Now let's move on to other programs.

Screen Captures

Use TrialPad to treat a document with callouts and highlights.  Then take a screen capture of it by pushing the power button and home button simultaneously.  Now go into Photos and trim it to size, removing unwanted information.  You now have a document that can be used in other applications or just blown up and mounted on foam core--old school style.

timeline 3d

Every case has a sequence--a timeline of events.  It may relate to liability or damages, but the order in which events occurred is critical.  This app, described fully here, is one worth learning.  Now that you know how to create screen captures, use them in this app to call your audience's attention to the important information buried in a medical record, a contact, etc.  You can also add video clips to your timeline.  Take the time to build a test timeline in this app.  Explore easy it is to create and display in 3D.  Add this to your presentation toolkit.

Go further on using powerpoint for case organization

Go back to the PowerPoint portion of this site and download one of the case management templates imbedded there.  See how easy it is to use this template in organizing case information.  Consider building a PowerPoint for use in your next mediation, imbedding images of key documents or video clips. You can use these same templates to build an ongoing PowerPoint that focuses on the strength of your opponent's case, giving you a presentation tool to show your client.